The Katsina Police Command has apprehended and presented before the Chief Magistrates’ Court five persons with respect to the killing of a newborn baby – born out of wedlock – and then feeding the corpse to a dog.
Speaking to the Chief Magistrate, Mr Nura El-Ladan, on the matter, the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Altine Ragiji, said that Muhammad Bello, 45; Musa Bello, 35; Umar Bello, 27, and the girl’s mother, Faiza Umar, 30, were arrested in connection to the ugly incident, which occurred at Saika village in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, a traditional ruler in the town reported to the police that a teenage girl (names withheld, 15), gave birth to a child out of wedlock.
Ragiji also disclosed that the accused persons confessed to have killed the baby and fed a dog with the assistance of the girl’s mother.
The prosecutor quoted the teenager as telling the police that she was lured by one Musa Garba, 30, to his farm and forcefully had a sexual intercourse with her about 10 months ago.
“Since then, I missed my menstruation and later delivered,’’ the girl told the police during investigations.
The accused persons were charged for “an act done with intent to prevent child being alive after birth’’ contrary to sections 85, 235 and 387 of the Penal Code.
The Chief Magistrate held that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody, while the detectives of the police conduct further investigations on the matter.
The court adjourned the case to Aug. 8 for further mention.